[B-Greek] DIA + Genitive

Mitch Larramore mitchlarramore at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 2 07:43:06 EDT 2007

--- Delbert Flora <delbert.flora at hotmail.com> wrote:

> I'm trying to understand "agency" in Greek. As an
> example, DIA PISTEWS means 
> "though, by faith." But what does that mean exactly?
> One grammar offers 
> this: DIA with genitive expresses secondary or
> intermediate agency. I'm just 
> wanting to get a more precise idea of this.

My teacher's illustration of Salvation was helpful to
me. Initially he said DIA + Genitive, when it is
agency, means going through a particular door. DIA +
PISTEWS means going through the door marked PISTIS.

He actually had us visualize being in a room, with 3
doors, each leading out to three different
destinations. Assume each door is identified with a
different word. DIA + PISTEWS is going through the
door marked PISTIS. 

Note that the "door" is not what saves you. It is only
an intermediate step to the destination (salvation).

Mitch Larramore
Sugar Land, Texas

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